After being roughed up a bit at Great American Ball Park last night, the Cubs look to bounce back today and get the series win in Cincinnati behind Jason Hammel, who brings with him the seventh-best ERA in baseball.
Hammel will be making his second start of the year against the Reds, throwing six innings of four-hit, shutout baseball ten days ago at Wrigley Field. That’s really been the pattern for Hammel thus far in 2016. In each of his three starts, he’s gone exactly six innings. He gave up five hits against Arizona, four against these Reds and five against the Cardinals in his last outing. He gave up one run against the Diamondbacks, none versus Cincinnati and one against St. Louis. How’s that for consistency? The Cubs are hoping he can give them another solid outing this afternoon.
The Reds will counter with Alfredo Simon, whom the Cubs roughed up the first time they saw him this season. Back on April 13, Simon only got through 2/3 of an inning before being yanked after giving up five earned runs on four hits and three walks. He’ll face a bit of a different Cubs lineup today as Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist are getting the day off. Tommy La Stella will fill in at second base while Jason Heyward will man center field. Jorge Soler moves to right and Matt Szczur will play left.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s series finale.
Chicago Cubs (13-5) at Cincinnati Reds (9-9)
Time: 12:10 PM CT
Location: Great American Ball Park
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Jason Hammel (2-0, 1.00 ERA) vs Alfredo Simon (0-1, 12.15 ERA)
|2B||Tommy La Stella||1-3||.333||1||0||0||1||0||0|
|SS||Ivan De Jesus||1-2||.500||1||0||0||1||1||0|